A gorgeous and highly coveted Yves Saint Laurent floral print maxi dress from the famous Rive Gauche 1972 fall-winter collection. Pieces from this decade are very rare and are true examples of fashion history. The fabric is a rich brown satin viscose which is incredibly soft on the skin. I adore the low scoop-neck plunge bodice with long slightly-billow sleeves. Rachel Welch wears this dress in a different pattern for a famous portrait with Yves Saint Laurent. It's definitely a piece of fashion history that is wearable and comfortable, yet has its own unique avant-garde elements.
"In the mid-1970s the relevance of haute couture was seriously debated. The political and social upheaval of the 1960s, the emergence of a plethora of creative ready-to-wear designers, and the increasing preference for a sportswear approach to dressing as represented by American fashion were among the shifts in lifestyles and taste that appeared to sound the death knell of the calcified and elitist world of the maisons de couture. It was at this time that Yves Saint Laurent, haute couture’s preeminent practitioner, threw caution to the prevailing winds with a collection of unrivaled fantasy and luxury."
Bust: up to 32-33 inches
Waist: 25 inches
Hips: Swing Sweep
Total Length: 55 inches
This YSL designer dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working side metal zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.